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The intro to The Expanse reminds me to the intro of Game of Thrones

Intro of The Expanse

Intro of Game of Thrones

Both intros show important places, buildings "growing" and none of the main characters directly. Maybe it's just me, but it seems to me that The Expanse intro was inspired by the one from Game of Thrones. Has this ever been addressed and confirmed / denied by somebody involved in Expanse?

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    brief.promax.org/article/design-dissect-the-expanse-show-open - No mention here
    – Valorum
    Nov 29, 2021 at 14:51
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    +1 Shade I have a friend who made a similar point about the opening of season 1 of ST: Discovery and GoT… I suspect that the folks at HBO expressed something that influenced the style of several other shows over the past decade. :)
    – Lexible
    Nov 29, 2021 at 16:55
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    "Growing" elements has become common in other CGI intros as well as the algorithms to run them become more widely available. I've seen it in a few Euro shows. Nov 29, 2021 at 18:29
  • @jeffronicus see also Westworld intros Feb 11 at 17:05
  • This goes all the way back to the Star Wars vector arcade game.
    – Spencer
    Mar 8 at 17:55

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While this is not conclusive evidence the two shows shared 43 people in the visual effects department. However, some worked on Game of Thrones first but others worked on The Expanse first. I also don't know what specific parts of the show the people worked, and none seem to have been around at the start of Game of Thrones in 2011.

I think it is more likely that the VFX company they worked for worked on both shows. These companies and/or people probably shared design elements and processes and brought elements from the Game of Thrones intro to The Expanse. It's kind of a stretch but it is a connection...

Name GoT Years Expanse Years
Neishaw Ali 2013 2017-2019
Siubhan Smith 2019 2017
Daniel Pons 2019 2017
Wendy Lanning 2014 2021-2022
Jerry Seguin 2013 2017-2018
Ahmed Shehata 2013 2015-2016
Adam Tamblyn 2019 2021
Ranajoy Kar 2016 2021
Adam Jewett 2013 2015-2016
Patrick Zentis 2013 2015
Garloff Langenbeck 2015 2017-2019
Tim M. Townsend 2013 2017-2021
Brandon Terry 2013 2015-2016
Lee Zhu 2019 2020
Douglas Addy 2013 2015-2016
Geoff Sayer 2013 2015-2022
Zhiying Song 2019 2018
Tim Sibley 2013 2015-2021
Ehsan Ramezani 2019 2021-2022
Rahul Saxena 2019 2018
Kirk Brillon 2013 2015-2018
Sunny Wong 2013-2019 2019
David Raymond 2017 2017-2018
Winston Lee 2013 2015-2018
Asim Khan 2013 2015-2017
Charles Angus Taylor 2013 2015-2016
Emmanuel Dirian 2017 2018
Peter Bas 2013 2019
Jason Kozsurek 2013 2017
Jongju Lee 2011-2013 2015-2018
Adreanne Lamoureux 2015-2016 2017-2018
James Chretien 2013 2015-2016
Patrick Gagnon 2017 2018
Che Yen Chuang 2017 2020-2021
Amanda Hollingworth 2013-2019 2019
Richard Chiu 2013 2016-2019
Danny R. Dixon 2013 2018
Christian Boudman 2013-2019 2020-2021
Florence Dubin 2015 2016
Fiaz Shaikh 2014 2021
Richard Noun 2019 2021-2022
Ralph Reinle 2013 2020-2021
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